26 GOPers voted against Immigration Bill. All Come from swing states

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By Alex Gonzalez

BN-GK974_immig0_M_20150114103507As if it was not clear that opposition to “executive action” is purely political to appease “right- wingers” in the House,  the House passage to fund the Homeland Security Department and Immigration Amendment fell largely along party lines by a vote of 218-209. But 26 Republicans, many of whom represent districts and states with large minority Hispanic  populations, voted against the amendment that defunds Obama’s “executive action .”

The amendment, which would end a 2012 program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA,, that was an increase in GOP opposition from the 11 Republicans who opposed a similar measure last summer.

The 26 Republicans who voted against the amendment were:

Reps. Mark Amodei (Nev.)
Mike Coffman (Colo.)
Ryan Costello (Pa.)
Carlos Curbelo (Fla.)
Jeff Denham (Calif.)
Charlie Dent (Pa.)
Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.)
Bob Dold (Ill.)
Renee Ellmers (N.C.)
Chris Gibson (N.Y.)
Richard Hanna (N.Y.)
Cresent Hardy (Nev.)
Joe Heck (Nev.)
John Katko (N.Y.)
Peter King (N.Y.)
Adam Kinzinger (Ill.)
Frank LoBiondo (N.J.)
Tom MacArthur (N.J.)
Martha McSally (Ariz.)
Patrick Meehan (Pa.)
Devin Nunes (Calif.)
Dave Reichert (Wash.)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.)
Chris Smith (N.J.)
Fred Upton (Mich.)
David Valadao (Calif.)

Wednesday’s landslide vote on passing the overall bill is more symbolic than anything. However, there is an uprising in the U.S. Senate – where 7 Republicans will run for re-election in blue states, and states with large Hispanic populations – that know they need 60 votes to pass legislation and that amendments to defund the executive actions probably won’t reach that threshold.

Alex Gonzalez  is a political Analyst and Political Director for Latinos Ready To Vote! comments to vote@latinosreadytovote.com

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